Friday, May 23, 2014

Giro d'Italia Stage 13: Hail Warnings

This year's Giro has been a rather wet one, maybe starting in Ireland jinxed the race, the gods assuming the racers wanted to be wet.  Today the weather went to a new level dumping an apparent inch or two of hail on the course, somehow never falling on the break on the peloton, a small blessing.  There is a large group of Polizi that travel with the Giro who are there to protect the peloton, warning the riders of potential dangers, usually traffic islands, sharp corners or narrow road ways.  Today, the motorcycle went to the front of the group and waved the flag to let the peloton know that the roadway was banked with piles of hail stones.  Fortunately the road was warm enough to melt the ice and none of the riders hit the asphalt, an oddity for this edition of the Giro d'Italia.  This is an original watercolor and ink postcard that measures 4" by 6" and is available for purchase through my artist website at  For this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.'Italia%202014/2369009---198213/Painting.html#.U3_-z8_D_IU